Things haven’t started the way anybody would want for the 2018 Arizona Cardinals, so as a bit of therapy, we thought we’d remember some happier (or at least more productive) times.
Through three games, the Cardinals’ leading receiver (in terms of yards) is rookie Christian Kirk with 121. That’s an average of just over 40 yards per game, or, in layman’s terms, not good.
So, in order to wash that unfortunate fact out of your brains, your Trivia Tuesday challenge this week is to name the 28 players in Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals history to have recorded at least one 100-yard receiving game.
We’ve given you the position of the player, the years he wore Cardinal red, the number of times each accomplished the feat and eight minutes on the clock — what more could you want?
Gresham (Achilles) is inactive for Sunday’s game versus the Redskins.
Gresham managed limited practices all week, only to be ruled out on the first game day of the season. The development isn’t a shock in the slightest considering he tore his Achilles in Week 17 of last year. With that knowledge, he may be closer to week-to-week than approaching a return to the field. While Gresham’s recovery continues, Ricky Seals-Jones should be the primary pass-catching tight end, even if he yields starts to Gabe Holmes, as he did in the preseason.
I very nearly didn’t play fantasy football this year. A gradual disenchantment with the NFL and its policies about so many issues, coupled with a news cycle that just shoves the sport in my face, made me pretty apathetic this season. I was just fine letting a fantasy league that I have run for the last four years quietly disband until, while out to dinner with some friends in the league this past weekend, I was asked to kick things back into gear. Fast forward to last night, and the league is not only up and running but fully drafted.
As I was drafting, I got to wondering if it would be possible to draft only players with some connection to the sport I never tire of: baseball. I wasn’t able to pull it off entirely, but in doing some research, I think you could actually field a competitive team by just drafting guys with a connection to baseball, however thin that connection may be. Before we start, here are the conditions of this experiment.
This mock draft is based on an eight-team league, which I know is sacrilegious to some, but just bare with me.
I selected second in a snake-style draft, meaning I had the second overall pick and then the 15th, the 18th and so on and so forth
Lastly, I’m just drafting a starting lineup, so if you’re looking for deep bench additions, you won’t find them here.
Johnson, who is the No. 3 overall player in ESPN’s rankings, missed pretty much all of last season with a wrist injury, but he had 2,118 all-purpose yards and 20 touchdowns in 2016. He also happens to share a very similar name to Davey Johnson, the former Washington Nationals manager who also played 13 years in the majors.
It might be a little early to go for a quarterback, but when you set the parameters I did for this draft, you have to take the baseball-playing football guys when you can. Wilson has definitely had a lot of success in the NFL, well except for that one time, but he can also pick it on the diamond, playing minor league baseball and even handling an at-bat with the Yankees this year. On second thought, maybe this was a bad idea.
Tom Brady could have also fit here as well. If you didn’t know, he was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1995.
Tate was drafted not once but twice in the MLB Draft. First by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of high school and then by the San Franscisco Giants out of Notre Dame. He decided to stay with football, which seems to be working out as he is entering his ninth NFL season.
Here’s something I didn’t know until today. Gostkowski played baseball at the University of Memphis as well as football.
Eighth Round – Carolina Panthers, Defense
Obviously the entire Panthers’ roster does not feature players who can all handle themselves on a baseball field, but linebacker Shaq Thompson was actually drafted by the Red Sox in 2012 and even played in the Gulf Coast League. That’s good enough for me.
The obvious speculation is that the Cardinals will be unveiling a new contract with running back David Johnson. If that’s the case, no one has leaked anything to anyone who spends their time trying to find things out in the minutes and hours before those things are officially disclosed to the world.
Johnson is entering the final year of his rookie contract. His 2017 season ended up being lost, thanks to a wrist injury suffered in Week One against the Lions.
The former third-round pick didn’t hold out in an effort to get a new deal, and recent reports suggested that a new contract before the start of the regular season is unlikely.
Cardinals running back David Johnson didn’t take part in the team’s mandatory minicamp in June amid a push for a long-term extension, but he won’t be extending his absence into training camp.
Johnson posted a video of himself in front of his locker wearing a helmet on Monday, which is the reporting date for Cardinals rookies, quarterbacks and players coming off of injury. The Cardinals confirmed that Johnson, who missed almost all of last season with a wrist injury, is in the building.
Johnson captioned his video with “In Gods hands now … primed and ready to prove it!” That could be a reference to his health or to his contract, which Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim said in June was something the team looks forward to addressing. There was word that Johnson would get a new deal before the start of the season, but Keim is currently suspended as a result of his DUI arrest and that could change the timeframe to get a deal done.
Johnson is set to make $1.88 million in the fourth and final year of his rookie deal.